Typical job roles

Manufacturing Technicians operate equipment and systems within the process industry. Manufacturing Technicians are responsible for maintaining safe operations and achieving production targets.

This role is vital to the safe and effective delivery of production in the process industry.


Typical Tasks

  • Starting up and shutting down process equipment such as; pumps and compressors as required to keep the process flowing
  • Monitoring and recording the flow, temperatures and pressures of the chemical process readings to ensure they stay within design parameters
  • Report and fix (where possible) problems with process or equipment
  • Prepare process equipment for either breakdown or routine maintenance by shutting down equipment and depressurising or draining the fluids contained in the process equipment, and closing isolation valves
  • Bring equipment back into service following maintenance
  • Report any safety issues such as dangerous leaks or dangerous activities
  • Ensure that maintenance work teams have the appropriate permit-to-work (PTW) documents, and periodically monitor the maintenance activities to ensure they are working to safety instructions written on the PTW
  • Take instructions from the Control Room Operator or Shift Supervisor
  • They will also be trained to respond to different types of process emergencies.

Entry criteria

4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) including English, Math’s and Science for a Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard


Typical duration

42-48 months


Career/progression opportunities

Lead Production Technician, Production Supervisor, Plant Manager.


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